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People like to look for additional resources in order to help them keep their boilers running for the cold winter days, but, sometimes, it can’t be helped. When that happens, you might have to wait a few days before a local technician can work on it.

We’ve put together some tips to help you manage should the worst come to pass.

Have an electric heater as a backup

Electric heaters are a great alternative for heating your house, and there’s a lot of options for those looking for something for their needs.

  • Fan heaters are often small and portable, easy to move around and easy to use. They’re fairly noisy though; noisier than convector and oil-filled electric heaters.
  • Convector heaters are a bit bigger, but still slim and light enough to be carried from room to room. They’re a bit more expensive than fan heaters, but they’re quieter, and can be mounted on walls.
  • Oil-filled heaters are cheap to run and fairly efficient, but they need time to warm up. They’re also quite heavy, so the best ones are the ones with wheels.

Back-up immersion water heater

It’s worth checking to see if your house has a back-up immersion water heater, AKA a megaflow boiler. If your house does have one, you can still get hot water even if your boiler breaks as these use electricity to heat water. If not, you can always use gym facilities or work, or, go for the old-fashioned route by using your kettle to warm up your bath water.

Hot water bottles

Electrical appliances are great for situations like this. Having additional resources when the boiler breaks down is always good; hot water bottles are cheap to buy and are a great source of heat, whether you’re on the bed or on the sofa.

Use your blankets and towels

Blankets and towels are another old-fashioned way to stay warm, one that works rather well. If you don’t want to wrap a blanket around yourself, though, you can opt to put blankets and/or towels at the bottom of door frames in order to keep heat in and the drafts out.